Tips for a Restful Night of Sleep #ItIsWell #EssentialOils #Rest #Sleep

Four Tips for a Restful Night Sleep

Is it time to say “hello” to a better night’s sleep?
It may be easy to dismiss sleep as an essential part of our wholehearted stewardship to the Lord, but as a children’s science lesson taught me years ago . . . sleep is when the little workers get busy in our body and do the necessary repair and healing work.

 

God designed our bodies for work and rest.

 
Thus, it is safe to say that In order to do the work well, we need to rest well.
So, how about making the choice to make sleep a priority for the rest of this journey together?
Tips for a Restful Night of Sleep #ItIsWell #EssentialOils #Rest #Sleep
 
These safe and healthy tips may be the simplest solutions for a restful night of sleep!

One: Create a Nighttime Routine without Screens

If you’re body and brain have a hard time shutting down, then do everything you can to help yourself out.
 
Work toward shutting down the screens and life by a set time each night and creating a bedroom routine that is soothing. Plug the phone in across the room or in another room.
 

Two: Create a Restful Bedroom Space without the Clutter

 
Make the bedroom a dedicated space for sleep (and romance), so get rid of anything that causes you to feel guilty (exercise equipment) or distracted (desk space).
 
I’ve struggled with this because of the laundry baskets that wait to be unloaded! But I’m getting better by actually folding the clothes on my bed and putting them right away, instead of folding downstairs and leaving the basket sit on the floor for days.
 

Three: Skip the Wine and Snacking Before Bedtime

 
Studies have shown that “rest inducing” glass of wine actually can have the opposite effect by skewing your REM sleep.
 
A sugary snack, like a bowl of ice cream, will not only rev you up, but will heap on guilt and the pounds bit by bit.
 
If you’re just craving, drink water and wait five minutes to see if it passes. If you’re really hungry, have a piece of fruit.
 

Four: Diffuse and Roll On Essential Oils

Essential oils can have a tremendous impact on your ability to rest and sleep well as they engage in your brain through your olfactory system, which is your sense of smell, located adjacent to your limbic system, which is your emotional command center.
 
Add 2 to 6 drops of one these oils, or a combination of the oils, to your diffuser. A rule of thumb when diffusing is to start with a small amount to measure and build up if needed. Diffuse the same oil or blend for a week and then change it up so that you don’t experience olfactory (sense of smell) fatigue.
  • Lavender
  • Cedarwood
  • Peace & Calming®
  • Vetiver
  • Angelica
  • German Chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Copiaba
  • Stress Away™
  • Frankincense
  • Bergamot
  • Geranium
  • Ylang Ylang
Use a sleep roller at bedtime to apply the oils to bottoms of your feet and/or wrists. Rotate the blends each week. and create your own custom rollers using other sleep-inducing, grounding, or calming oils.
Blend #1:
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Cedarwood
  • Fill the rest of the 10 ml roller bottle with a carrier oil
Blend #2
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Copiaba
  • 2 drops Peace & Calming®
  • Fill the rest of the 10 ml roller bottle with a carrier oil

Five: End Your Day with Prayer and Thankfulness

End your night with a conversation with God as you slip under the covers. Tell Him one thing you’re thankful for and one need you have. If your spouse or children are willing to join you in it, that’s a bonus.
Restful sleep is more than a good idea. It is necessary to our wellness in ways we might not be able to measure on a good day, but over the long haul will become evidence in our overall health!  So what’s one step you’ll take towards make rest a priority in your routine? 

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